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City studying available options for potential downtown stadium for Royals

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It's a discussion that's back on the radar - a downtown stadium for the Kansas City Royals? 

The Royals' lease at Kauffman Stadium is up in 2030.

With open space quickly disappearing downtown, the city is now involved in a study to make sure there would be some options available in case a downtown baseball stadium was to materialize in the future.

According to City Manager Troy Schulte, there is now a study to determine if there could be a downtown baseball stadium - an issue lead by the downtown council.

The city is partnering with the effort from a long term planning perspective.

“2013 is not that far away. By the time you build the infrastructure and deal with the financing. So I think it makes sense that the city knows what’s going to go on ten, fifteen, twenty years down the road and to the best of our ability. That’s all we’re doing,” said Schulte.

For the Royals, they said they'll cross the bridge when it's time. 

“We have no plans to be anywhere else for the foreseeable future," said Royals spokesperson Toby Cook. "But when 2030 rolls around and we get closer to it, no one really knows what the landscape is going to be both here and at the Truman Sports Complex and downtown.”

Cook said there being pros to staying at Kauffman.

“It’s easy to get to the ballpark here out at 1-70 and 435. The parking is so convenient,” Cook said.

According to Schulte there are also advantages to having it downtown.

“When you think about 81 games a year, plus playoffs and hopefully a world series and they’re all 35-40,000 people, that’s 35-40,000 people that are buying dinner, that are shopping, that are going out for food and beverage after or before the game,” Schulte said.

According to Schulte, the Downtown Council has spent $120,000 on the study.

The City has contributed $40,000.

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